The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the generating capacity for a new balancing power plant being built in the USA. The Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV power plant project is located in North Dakota and will provide Basin Electric Power Cooperative with the flexible gas generation needed to balance the inherent variability of energy from renewable sources, notably wind and solar. This balancing capability will enable Basin Electric to expand its generation to ensure reliable, affordable and responsible power to its membership. The order was booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in October 2022.The plant will operate with six Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines having a combined net output of 108 MW. The fast-starting and stopping ability of Wärtsilä’s engine technology allows full output to be reached in just minutes, thus ensuring a stable and reliable electricity supply regardless of the weather conditions.The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in the beginning of 2024, and the plant is expected to become fully operational by the summer of 2025.